Are disagreements and differences weighing down your marriage? Whatever you may be going through, you should understand that Divorce is a life-changing step, and, like marriage, should not be taken without preparation. Oftentimes marital disputes can be addressed through counseling or a brief separation period to give yourself time to heal or to reflect on your life.
The Daily Times and The New York Times have recently posted articles that ask the questions you should consider before calling a Raleigh family lawyer and pursuing a divorce. Here are several of the questions that can assist you in deciding if a divorce or a separation is the right step for you at this time.
On communication and roles
Most relationships boil down to how well partners communicate, understand, and compromise with one another. If you have been having problems, ask yourself the following questions:
● Have you made clear your concerns about the relationship?
● Do you and your spouse have shared expectations about the roles you play in the relationship?
No matter how rationally you approach relationship issues, it’s undeniable that emotions will always play a primary role in your actions – that is, if they have not already compounded your problems. Consider if things said or done in anger made things worse, and if calming emotions will improve them. Since the level of emotional maturity is the foundation that builds healthy, long-term relationships ask yourself:
● Would you really be happier without your partner?
● Do you still love him or her?
Don’t forget that there are many practicalities to be considered before starting or ending a marriage. Ask yourself:
● Am I prepared for the financial stress divorce may bring?